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Gainsborough’s Family Album

National Portrait Gallery, London

22 Nov 2018 - 3 Feb 2019

The British artist made his name (and living) with high-society portraits, yet he also produced more known portraits of his family than any artist of his time or before. This exhibition focuses on some 50 of these intimate works, which depict the artist’s daughters at various stages of youth and adolescence, members of Gainsborough’s extended family from nephews to brothers-in-law, and the family pets – such as his wife Margaret’s dogs, Tristram and Fox. Find out more about ‘Gainsborough’s Family Album’ from the National Portrait Gallery’s website. 

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The Artist with his Wife and Daughter, Gainsborough

The Artist with his Wife and Daughter (c. 1748), Thomas Gainsborough. National Gallery, London

The Painter’s Daughters Chasing a Butterfly, Gainsborough

The Painter’s Daughters Chasing a Butterfly (c. 1756), Thomas Gainsborough. National Gallery, London

Painter’s Daughters with a Cat, Thomas Gainsborough

Painter’s Daughters with a Cat (c. 1760–61), Thomas Gainsborough. National Gallery, London

Margaret and Mary Gainsborough

Margaret and Mary Gainsborough (c. 1770–74), Thomas Gainsborough. Private collection

Tristram and Fox, Gainsborough

Tristram and Fox (c. 1760s), Thomas Gainsborough. Private collection

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